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, AFC South-leading Houston Texans 30. Foles led the Eagles (8-7) on their improbable run last season through the NFC playoffs after Carson Wentz went down. Then to a Super Bowl victory over Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the Patriots.And he just might bring the Eagles back to the postseason after Wentz again went down with a late-season injury. Welcome to the season-finale edition of the NFC East Roundup.The Eagles are 4-1 since the Saints embarrassed them, 48-7, last month. They are 2-0 since Foles again became the starter and 3-1 this season with him.The defending champs once seemed fractured, and their playoff hopes dead. Yet they’re one Minnesota Vikings (8-6-1) slip-up from a playoff return. The Eagles need a road victory over Washington, and a Vikings loss and they’re in.And yes, Foles will start again Sunday.Meanwhile, the Dallas Cowboys (9-6) clinched the NFC East and a home playoff game with a victory over Tampa Bay.And the Washington Redskins (7-8)? Well, they just cannot help themselves, can they? They’re ending the season on a very Redskins-like note, releasing safety and team leader D.J. Swearinger on Christmas Eve after he ripped the playcalling of defensive coordinator Greg Manusky in the loss to the Blaine Gabbert-led Tennessee Titans.At best, the organization’s handling of the situation is curious: Releasing a popular veteran in Week 17 after an inappropriate, but emotional postgame critique of a coach.Granted, Swearinger’s outspokenness has been an issue at times in his previous stops in Houston, Tampa Bay and Arizona. And Swearinger had been warned multiple times about his public criticism of the team. In that light, the Redskins’ decision is defensible and possibly even justified.But there’s more to this story. This is the same organization that claimed Reuben Foster just 72 hours after his most recent domestic violence arrest led to his release in San Francisco. And it’s the same organization that kept LB — and captain! — Mason Foster after he or someone using his Instagram account ripped the team and the fanbase via social media. In that light, an alleged serial abuser? OK. Player critical of the team, teammates and the fans? All right. Player rips coordinator? GET. OUT. Strange logic.Worse, some Redskins publicly supported Swearinger, including LT Trent Williams and CB Quinton Dunbar. And worse still, Swearinger was claimed on waivers by Arizona and other teams submitted claims.Even if Washington planned to cut him in the off-season Corey Ballentine Jersey Draft
, it is difficult to explain releasing him while picking up Reuben Foster (certainly not his first offense) and retaining Mason Foster.So in summary: The Cowboys are division champs. The Eagles are very much alive for a Wild Card berth in the regular season’s final week. And the Redskins can’t get out of their own way.Here are some of the other big stories around the NFC East this week:Dallas CowboysThe transformation from fire Jason Garrett, bench Dak Prescott and bury 2018 to division champs and playoff team is complete, ugly win or not.Certainly, this Cowboys team is hard to figure out as the postseason nears, writes Blogging the Boys’ Tom Ryle. Whether this is the beginning of a rising Cowboys, or they are merely the beneficiary of a down division remains to be seen.But the development of linebackers Leighton Vander Esch and Jaylon Smith coupled with the offensive foundation of Amari Cooper and Ezekiel Elliott — who has eclipsed 2,000 yards from scrimmage and probably will again lead the NFL in rushing — provides hope for a bright future. I mean, you know things are good when even your kicker is being honored. Brett Maher earned the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week award after hitting both field goal attempts — including a 59-yarder — and all three extra points. He owns the two longest field goals in Cowboys’ history after drilling a franchise record 62-yard field goal earlier this month against the Eagles. With a meaningless game on tap Sunday against the Giants, the Cowboys are concentrating on the Wild Card playoff game and a probable matchup with Seattle (9-6; 5-1 in their past six). Expect some banged-up Cowboys — possibly David Irving, Tyrone Crawford, Zack Martin, Anthony Brown and Tyron Smith — to get some rest in preparation for the postseason.But Elliott says taking a week off is “not even an option,” according to David Howman. And Garrett said Wednesday if players are healthy they will play this week.Meanwhile, DE Randy Gregory’s comeback story continues, Connor Livesay tells us, after posting a sack, forced fumble and three quarterbacks hits against the Bucs.The 2015 second-round pick out of Nebraska has battled drug suspensions and injuries in his four pro seasons. But he has been indispensable off the bench, providing a Dallas pass rush. He has recorded six sacks, 19 tackles, six tackles for loss and 14 quarterback hits in 13 games. And in the past seven games, he has registered five sacks Corey Ballentine NFL Jersey
, four tackles for loss, 10 QB hits and two forced fumbles.Philadelphia EaglesDoug Pederson’s sons gave him a new hunting bow for Christmas, Bleeding Green Nation’s Alexis Chassen informs us. That can’t be a coincidence, right? Not with the Eagles headed to FedExField on Sunday to take on the Hogs with the season at stake?Speaking of which, the Eagles are going all-in. They activated Mike Wallace (broken fibula) from injured reserve, with the idea of him serving as the downfield threat they have been missing.He still may not be ready for this weekend, but could return in time for the Wild Card game, if Philadelphia gets that far.The Eagles also promoted CB Josh Hawkins from the practice squad. They released CB Chandon Sullivan, then signed him to their practice squad in place of Hawkins.BTW, Foles was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week. Washington RedskinsOh, where to start?Swearinger’s release?CB Josh Norman getting into an altercation with Titans’ LT Taylor Lewan after he accused Norman of playing dirty?The continuing investigation into S Montae Nicholson, who was arrested in Virginia last week for misdemeanor assault and public intoxication?Or maybe the latest unfortunate news in Washington, the firings and resignation of business-side executives who were hired earlier this year? Departing the organization are Brian Lafemina, president of business operations and chief operating officer; Steven Ziff, chief marketing officer; Jake Bye, senior vice president for consumer sales and marketing; and chief commercial officer Todd Kline.Each incident points to deeper issues within the organization. Some arose in the wake of Swearinger’s release, such as the alleged lackadaisical practices, as highlighted by Hogs Haven’s Mark Tyler.It has not just been Swearinger, Mason Foster or the ousting of the business leadership. Zach Brown had said “the writing is on the wall.” Last month, Norman called out the fans. And NFL observers have long derided the organization’s hierarchy.It will be an interesting off-season, and that is not even including the unknown surrounding Alex Smith’s recovery and rehab from a horrific broken leg. The Kansas City Chiefs lost backup quarterback Chad Henne to a broken ankle that will require surgery Corey Ballentine NFL Draft
, and they quickly signed veteran Matt Moore on Monday to provide depth behind starter Patrick Mahomes.The Chiefs have two other quarterbacks on their roster in Chase Litton and Kyle Shurmur, but neither of the developmental prospects has distinguished himself during the preseason."Unfortunately, injuries happen, but one thing I do know is that our medical staff, our head coach and our personnel staff are going to make the best decisions for us moving forward," Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy said. "You never want to see anyone get hurt in this industry, but one thing we understand is that we have two young guys. We have to get them up and coming."That was before the Chiefs added an older guy to the mix.The 35-year-old Moore sat out last season after starting a pair of games for Miami in 2017, the end of a seven-year tenure with the Dolphins that began as the starter and ended as their backup. Moore also spent three seasons with Carolina, and is 15-15 in 30 starts.He never had the kind of options at his disposal that he would have in Kansas City, though.Mahomes is coming off a record-setting debut as starter, along with a league MVP award, thanks in part to wide receivers Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins and tight end Travis Kelce. The Chiefs also have a speedster in rookie Mecole Hardman and an up-and-coming star in running back Damien Williams."It's definitely going to be different with Chad, just because he was that veteran guy that was out there on the field," Mahomes said. "We have a lot of trust in these young guys to come in and step in and make plays. They've done a good job of picking up stuff, so we're going to keep bringing them along and letting them learn. I mean, Chad will still be there in the room helping out."Henne, who broke his ankle Saturday in the Chiefs' game against the 49ers, will have surgery Tuesday in Green Bay, Wisconsin, which is coincidentally where Kansas City plays its preseason finale Thursday night. Dr. Robert Anderson is scheduled to operate.Bieniemy acknowledged the injury changes the way the Chiefs were planning to approach the game.Mahomes is still expected to sit along with the rest of the starters ahead of their regular-season opener Sept. 8 in Jacksonville. But now it will be Shurmur and Litton getting the majority of the snaps, particularly since Moore will be working feverishly to get up to speed."I will say this: These guys have done one heck of a job since they've been here Corey Ballentine Buffalo Bills Jersey
," Bieniemy said. "They've made the most of every opportunity. You've seen some good and you've seen some bad, but one thing I will say about both of those guys, those two kids are very, very competitive."Shurmur, whose father is New York Giants coach Pat Shurmur, signed with Kansas City in April as an undrafted free agent out of Vanderbilt. He threw for 3,130 yards with 24 touchdowns and just six interceptions his senior season, and has done a nice job of carrying that production into the NFL.He was 9 of 12 for 67 yards in his time against San Francisco on Saturday night.Litton, who signed as an undrafted free agent out of Marshall, is more experienced after spending last season on the Chiefs' practice squad. But he looked lost against the 49ers in the Chiefs' third preseason game, completing just one pass for 5 yards in mop-up duty."Both of these kids have been pretty consistent," Bieniemy said. "One thing these kids do, they come out and are very stoic in their behavior. The want to make sure that they get the call right. They want to make sure that they are seeing it the right way. But also, too, they want feedback on the sidelines. These guys are good kids. They're competitive."NOTES: Chiefs trainer Rick Burkholder said WR Marcus Kemp will have surgery Tuesday in Dallas for the torn ACL and MCL he sustained against Pittsburgh. Kemp also had a meniscus injury. ... DE Breeland Speaks will have surgery Tuesday in Houston after spraining the MCL and damaging the meniscus in his right knee against the Steelers, Burkholder said.